Frequently Asked Questions


♦ When are the annual registration fees (dues) required and what is the cost?

Annual dues statements are mailed out in January for the current year and are normally due by March before a $100 late fee may be incurred.

Dues are $350 for all active Diplomates, $175 for Emeritus and $200 for Board Qualified members. 

♦ Do you offer discounted registration fees?

The ABPM does not extend discounted fees for Board Qualified or Board Certified members, whether in full-time or part-time practice, with the following exception: Beginning in 2007, Founder and Emeritus members less than 65 years of age but with 25 years of membership or more received a reduction in annual re-registration fees.

♦ Is anyone exempt from paying annual dues?

If a member is no longer deriving income from Podiatry (i.e. retired or inactive) and can provide the Board with documentation to that affect, they may be exempt from paying re-registration fees.

♦ How are addresses stored on the website?

The ABPM members database can store 2 address (mailing and public). The mailing address is for information coming from headquarters to the member and the public address is for those who search our database to “find a doctor”. The public address also has the capacity to store the member's website on line.

♦ What do I do when I have a new address?

When you have an address change, you may go online to our website and log in to make any changes to your record. Members may also fax or mail a change of address to board headquarters. Board headquarters will not make changes over the phone.

♦ How do I access the members profile on the website?

Each member (board qualified or certified) has access to their profile by logging in to the dashboard on the ABPM website. Once logged in, members can update addresses, phone numbers, web addresses and access advertising guidelines. 

They may also add their website address to public information as well as obtain a logo to use on their website.  Please read guidelines closely.

♦ How do I change or correct the spelling of my name?

ABPM uses your full, official name in its records. To change your name, or to correct the spelling of your name, you must notify ABPM in writing. ABPM requires a copy of marriage certificate, naturalization papers, court order of name change, etc.) to effect a name change. E-mail or mail all such written notification to our office to headquarters.

♦ How many CME credits are required per year?

Diplomates shall participate in continuing education programs to maintain their competence and to increase their knowledge in the art and science of primary podiatric medicine and podiatric orthopedics in an ongoing fashion. All Diplomates must provide documentation of their CME's, which must be validated by Board HQ before they will be accepted. All Diplomates, except those who are retired, inactive or disabled, shall certify that they have completed no less than 250 continuing medical education credits during their current certification cycle. Diplomates therefore have a goal of completing 25 CME per year, but may vary from year to year as long as their cumulative number of CME does not fall below the cumulative goal, e.g. 75 CME over 3 years.  Diplomates who fall below the cumulative goal for more than two years in succession must make up the deficiency the following year.

♦ What is the benefit of being Board Certified?

Beyond objective acknowledgement of expertise in a specialty, Board certification confers material advantages in access to healthcare markets such as PPO’s, IPA’s and HMO’s, and is one of several major criteria in the attainment of hospital staff privileging.

♦ How do I maintain my certification or enroll in the MOC program?

The MOC Program is a requirement of Time-Limited Certificate holders, through which re-credentialing is accomplished. The ABPM MOC Program provides diplomates with a self-study, self-assessment, patient and peer evaluation process to improve and maintain clinical knowledge and skills in delivering quality patient care.  All members are required to be enrolled in the MOC the year after they become certified.  MOC is a 10-year process and once completed, Diplomates are required to re-enroll and begin the process again.

After enrolling in the MOC, Diplomates who are re-credentialing will receive a new certificate the first quarter of the following year.  In the interium a letter confirming your current board status can be sent from board headquarters.  For such letter, please contact board headquarters. 

Information regarding the MOC process may be found on our website under Members tab/MOC 

https://www.abpmed.org/pages/members/moc

♦ What is ACFAOM (American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine)?

The American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine (ACFAOM) is the professional college recognized by the American Podiatric Medical Association as its affiliate for the development of standards and educational content in the specialty of Podiatric Orthopedics and Primary Podiatric Medicine. Its purpose is to support scientific study and research to enhance the field of foot orthopedics and related matters in podiatric medicine. With over 1,200 active members, ACFAOM has been the second largest APMA-affiliated specialty college. Founded in 1949 and incorporated in 1951 as the American College of Foot Orthopedists (ACFO), the name was changed in the early 1990's to better reflect the scope of interest of the membership.

ACFAOM is a distinct and separate organization from the ABPM. The two organizations serve different purposes within the profession, but on occasion collaborate in areas of mutual interest.

ACFAOM offers a Review Text which can be purchased on their website www.ACFAOM.org and can be used as study materials for the Board Qualification Examination.

♦ How do I apply if I want to sit for both parts of the examination in the same year?

If your intent is to sit for both the qualification and certification examinations in 2018, you must choose and pay for both Parts I and 2 with the submission of your application.

♦ What are the Requirements to Achieve Board Qualification and Board Certification?

To Achieve Board Qualification:

Applicants for Part 1 may apply ONLY at the conclusion of their residency training, or thereafter, as specified below. board qualification classification is achieved once you have passed Part 1 of the board certification process.

To Achieve Board Certification:

Applicants who meet these requirements, who pass Part 1 and Part 2 must provide evidence of an active license to practice podiatric medicine to be granted board certified classification.

♦ What are the new policies?
  • 2018 marks the last year in which applicants with 2-years of CPME-approved residency training will be able to apply for the ABPM Examination process.  Candidates without any status and without cases on file must pass case review and part 1 in 2018 to continue to part 2 of the certification process in 2018.  Candidates who attempt both parts 1 and part 2 in 2018 and who pass part 1 only have the ability to attempt certification through 2020.  No extensions will be granted thereafter.
    • Beginning in 2019 all applicants must have 3 years of approved residency training to be eligible to sit for the examinations.
  • New candidates with 36 months of CPME approved residency training who completed their residency training prior to 2014 will be given until the 2018 examination year to attempt board qualification. (part).  If board qualification is obtained, these candidates may apply for board certification (part 2) in 2019 only.  Candidates who do not attempt Part 1 in 2018 must apply and pass both Part 1 and 2 in 2019.
    • Candidates who meet these requirements but do not achieve board certification by 2019 will be granted an additional 4 years of access to the certification process, but must pass both Part 1 and 2 within the same examination year. 
    • Failure to sit for board certification (Part 1 and 2) by the 2019 examination cycle will result in forfeiture of the individual’s eligibility to participate in the examination process
  • All candidates who completed their residency training in 2015 or thereafter must attempt board qualification within 5 years of completion of residency training. If board certification is not attained within the first 5 years, candidates may continue to apply for full certification (part 1 and 2) for an additional 5 years BUT:
    • in the second 5-year period, candidates must pass both Part 1 and Part 2 within the same examination year. Board qualified classification alone will not be conferred.
    • All candidates must achieve board certification with the ABPM within 10 years from the time of completion of residency training. New applications for examinations will not be accepted thereafter.
♦ What are the dates of each examination?
  • Part I - Qualification Examination is offered on Friday, May 14, 2018

  • Part 1 - Second Examination date opened for September 5, 2018 to eligible candidates only

  • Part 2 - Certification Examination is offered on Monday, October 12, 2018

♦ When are examination applications for Part I and Part 2 due?

All applications are due by March 14, 2018 and must be submitted electronically, along with appropriate fees.

♦ What are the examination fees for 2018?
  • Part I Board Qualification Exam only: $ 400.00

  • Part 2 Board Certification Exam only: $1,600.00

  • Part I and Part 2: $1,750.00

  • Case Submission if applicable: $ 500.00

♦ How do I apply for the examinations?
  • A single application is available on the website that includes options for Part I and 2. The applicant may click on the option(s) applicable to the examination(s) selected.

  • Each section includes a separate fee. For example, if you intend to sit for both Part I and Part 2 and do not need to submit cases, the total amount due is $1,750.00

  • All fees, application information and Case Summary Index (form 111) are available on the electronic application and if required must be received by board headquarters no later than March 14, 2018.

♦ If I intend to attempt both Part I and Part 2 in the same examination year, can I pay for them at different times?

No. Full examination fees must be paid at the time the application is submitted. If you are not successful in passing Part 1 appropriate fees will be refunded for Part 2.

♦ What is the refund policy?

Applicants who are unable to take the examination may request a refund. Appropriate fees will be refunded up to 30 days prior to the examination. $250 is non-refundable upon receipt of the application. The balance up to $500 is non-refundable if headquarters is notified less than 30 days prior to the examination. Applicants who do not request a refund prior to the examination, and who do not appear for any portion of the examination, waive the right to have any of their examination fee refunded.

♦ How are the examinations administered?

Examinations are administered through a network of national testing centers. ABPM will provide contact information to examination candidates on how to schedule their test-center appointment approximately 6 weeks prior to the examination date. Candidates are responsible for scheduling their own examination. Access to the test center location of choice is subject to a given center's availability.

♦ What is the testing center environment like?

Test centers are designed to provide a consistent, standardized testing experience in a quiet, distraction-free environment. All centers are designed to provide candidates with the most comfort possible during the examination process.

♦ What if I need a Special Accommodations for testing?

Special accommodations requests can be arranged through ABPM headquarters with proper documentation.  You must provide documentation to board headquarters and special accommodations will be arranged with Pearson VUE on an individual basis.

♦ How are the examinations structured?
  • The board qualification examination consists of 200 multiple choice and/or other forms of short answer questions.

  • The board certification examination consists of 8 separate clinical scenarios that need to be worked through by the candidate. Candidates are provided initial patient information and other relevant clinical material from which to work through the case. Each segment of the case is assigned specific scoring criteria. As the clinical content varies from case to case the particular scoring criteria, likewise, varies accordingly. A total of 6 out of 8 cases must be successfully passed.

  • The examination subject area content is delineated further in the Subject Outline of the General Examination Information.

♦ How do I prepare for an examination?

All applicants confirmed to take the qualification examination in the current year will have access to an on line study guide and sample questions and will receive information from Board Headquarters on how to access after applications are processed. In addition, The American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine offers a Review Text. Information can be found on their website www.ACFAOM.org.

♦ When do I receive my results?

Candidates will be furnished examination results in approximately 6 weeks from the examination date, along with an explanation of their results. Results can be accessed from the candidates profile page on the ABPM website.  There is no appeal after the conclusion of the examination. The Board will not discuss the specifics of an individual candidate’s performance for any reason, including, but not limited to, using examination results as a study guide for future needs, etc.

♦ What are annual re-registration fees (dues)?

Upon achieving either board qualified or board certified classification individuals are subsequently required to pay annual re-registration fees. Payment is due in February of each year and will incur a late payment penalty if delinquent. The following is the present fee structure:

  • Board Qualified: $200
  • Board Certified: $350
♦ What additional financial and other obligations will I be responsible for after becoming board certified?

Individuals who achieve board certification are granted this classification for a 10-year period with the following provision:

Newly board certified members (Diplomates) are required to provide ongoing documentation of remaining current in the specialty. They are required to enroll in the ABPM Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program. The program outlines the re-credentialing requirements over the duration of the Diplomate’s 10-year cycle.

The new Diplomate will receive further enrollment information for the MOC program. Details and requirements of the program are available at the ABPM website. The enrollment fee may be paid in two ways: $200 annually for the 10-year cycle, or a single initial payment of $1635. Enrollment begins the calendar year following the year in which the individual achieved board certification.

♦ How do I upload my CME history?

At this time, all CME certificates may be mailed or e-mailed to Admin@ABPMed.org.  They may also be faxed in to (310) 861-0445, but please confirm that the fax was received by calling board headquarters..

Diplomates shall participate in continuing education programs to maintain their competence and to increase their knowledge in the art and science of primary podiatric medicine and podiatric orthopedics in an ongoing fashion. All Diplomates must provide documentation of their CME's, which must be validated by Board HQ before they will be accepted. All Diplomates, except those who are retired, inactive or disabled, shall certify that they have completed no less than 250 continuing medical education credits during their current certification cycle. Diplomates therefore have a goal of completing 25 CME per year, but may vary from year to year as long as their cumulative number of CME does not fall below the cumulative goal, e.g. 75 CME over 3 years.  Diplomates who fall below the cumulative goal for more than two years in succession must make up the deficiency the following year.

♦ What are the advertising guidelines?

A Diplomate of the ABPM must adhere to the following advertising guidelines:

Only the following statements are acceptable for this purpose:

1. Diplomate, American Board of Podiatric Medicine

2. Board Certified, American Board of Podiatric Medicine

3. Certified American Board of Podiatric Medicine

The organization’s initials (ABPM) may be substituted for the full name.

Advertising board qualified classification is prohibited.

Information may be obtained on the secured members dashboard for the ABPM logo and Board Certified logo which may be used on the Dipomates website.   

♦ What is Emeritus status?

Emeritus: A member in good standing for 15 consecutive years, having attained the age of 65 years, or an active member in good standing for 25 consecutive years.

Founders and Emeritus members under the age of 65 (with 25 or more years of membership) are subject to reduced annual dues.

♦ Does board certification have an expiration date?

Upon achieving either board certified classification individuals are subsequently required to pay annual re-registration fees on an annual basis to maintain their board status. 

In addition they are required to enroll in the ABPM Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program.  The program outlines the re-credentialing requirements over the duration of the Diplomate’s 10-year cycle. The new Diplomate will receive further enrollment information for the MOC program.  Details and requirements of the program are available at the ABPM website.    The enrollment fee may be paid in two ways:  $200 annually for the 10-year cycle, or a single initial payment of $1635.  Enrollment begins the calendar year following the year in which the individual achieved board certification.

♦ How do I get a copy of my certificate?

We do not have copies of certificates in the office but we can send you a letter of current board status which can be used for credentialing purposes.  You may order unframed or framed certificates through board headquarters by calling (310) 375-0700 or e-mail admin@ABPMed.org

♦ What is ABPOPPM

On August 17, 2012, at the Annual Meeting of Members, the American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics and Primary Podiatric Medicine officially rolled out the new name under which it will be doing business: 

American Board of Podiatric Medicine

♦ Where do I find information on CAQ?

Information on the ABPM Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) in Amputation Prevention/Wound Care can be found on our website:

https://www.abpmed.org/pages/exam-info/caq-amputation-prevention

♦ When is the next exam?

Information for the 2018 examination cycle will be available in November 2017.  General information can be found on the Exam Information page of our website.

♦ How do I study for the exam?

ABPM offers a Mobile app available on Apple IOS and Google Android devices.  This app contains practice questions to assist in studying for the Part 1 (board qualification) examination.  Questions and categories are rotating on a weekly basis.  You can also enable notifications on the app so that you can receive information from ABPM board headquarters.

♦ Schedule an appointment

You may schedule your appointment after receiving your authorization by logging on to the Pearson VUE website at http://www.pearsonvue.com/abpmed or calling (800) 990-1976.  After scheduling your appointment, you will be sent a confirmation that provides additional details, including directions to the test center, instructions on what to bring with you and other pertinent information.

♦ How to appeal a revoked status

Once revoked, reinstatement is subject to approval by the Board of Directors, and requires a reinstatement fee equivalent to the fee for the current board certification or board qualification examination, as is appropriate to the member’s classification at the time of revocation.

♦ How does status get revoked?

The Board of Directors shall have the authority to revoke a member for the following reasons:

A.  failure to pay the annual registration fee plus any late fee by the date indicated on the final notice.

B.    conviction for an offense which causes the member’s license to practice podiatry to be revoked in any state.  Any of the following actions against a Diplomate's medical license may be cause for loss of diplomate status:

(1) Involuntary suspension by any appropriate medical board and/or governmental agency;

(2) Revocation by any appropriate medical board and/or governmental agency; or

(3) Voluntary suspension due to negotiated settlement with any appropriate medical board and/or governmental agency for a violation of a statute or accepted medical standards.

C.  failure to adhere to the requirements for re-evaluation as set forth in the “Re-evaluation of Diplomates” section of this document.

D.  misrepresentation of facts, or evidence of providing false information, in connection with the application for certification or other related documents.

E.  failure to adhere to the advertising guidelines as outlined in these policies.

F.   failure to adhere to the Code of Ethics as adopted by the Board of Directors.

Items A, B and C are cause for immediate revocation of status without benefit of a hearing.  Items D, E and F are subject to revocation following a hearing.

♦ How to conduct primary source verification

The American Board of Podiatric Medicine (ABPM) is recognized by the Joint Committee on the Recognition of Specialty Boards, under the authority of the American Podiatric Medical Association. The ABPM began certifying podiatric physicians in the specialty of Podiatric Orthopedics in 1978, and added the additional area of Primary Podiatric Medicine in 1993.  Both areas are now included in a single recognized specialty.  The examinations are administered annually.

The Board conducts primary source verification of graduation and residency information on each candidate, including the names and locations of the institutions and dates of graduation or completion, in compliance with Council on Podiatric Medical Education standards.  State licensing and disciplinary actions are tracked and verified annually.

Effective August 17, 2012 the American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics and Primary Podiatric Medicine began doing business as (DBA) "The American Board of Podiatric Medicine".  This change is limited only to the name by which the organization is referenced in our communications with the membership and outside organizations, and in connection with primary source verification of a given board qualified or board certified member.

Verifications can be requested on our website under the Credentialers Tab either:

1. Using the HTML Order Form – Complete the verification request electronically paying with a credit card. Once payment is approved, the following applies.

  • For annual subscription requests, Board Headquarters will email you additional information.
  • For individual verification requests, you will be redirected to a page where you can print the verification results or save the access code and link for future reference.

2. Using the PDF Order Form – Print and complete the form requesting verification. Fax the form along with credit card information or mail the form with a check to Board Headquarters.

The following fees apply to verification requests:

Unlimited annual verifications: $350.00
Five or fewer verifications: $35.00 each
Six – 10 verifications: $30.00 each
More than 10 verifications: $27.00 each.
Payment must be provided via company checks, MasterCard, Visa or American Express. Requests will not be fulfilled until payment is received.

♦ What does Diplomate mean?

The definition of each membership class is as follows:

A.       Board Qualified: a podiatrist who:

1.           has graduated from a College of Podiatric Medicine approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education of the American Podiatric Medical Association, and

2.     maintains in good standing an active license to practice podiatric medicine issued by at least one appropriate medical board and/or governmental agency in which the Diplomate has a license, and

3.     has successfully completed the requirements of the board qualification examination.

B.   Diplomate: a podiatrist who:

1.           has graduated from a College of Podiatric Medicine approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education of the American Podiatric Medical Association, and

2.           maintains in good standing an active license to practice podiatric medicine issued by at least one appropriate medical board and/or governmental agency in which the Diplomate has a license, and

3.     has successfully completed the requirements of the board certification examination.

Candidates for the board qualification examination may take the examination prior to their obtaining full licensure as indicated in #2.  They will not be granted Board Qualified status, however, until such licensure is obtained.

♦ Do I have to pay dues when I retire?

The Board of Directors shall establish the annual re-registration fee.  Such fee shall be due and payable by February 1st of each calendar year. Annual re-registration fees are due postmarked within 60 days of the date appearing on the first notice. Payments received after that date will incur a late fee determined by the Board.

A.    With the exception of individuals noted in section B, an annual re-registration fee (dues payment) is required of all active members, including Founders and Emeritus-Diplomates with 25 or more years of membership are subject to a 50% reduction of their annual re-registration fee.  Diplomates granted Emeritus status prior to 2007 are exempt from re-registration fees.

B.       A Diplomate who:

          a.      has completely retired from active practice, or

          b.      who is not actively deriving any portion of their income from the profession of podiatry

shall not be required to pay re-registration fees but shall continue to be considered a Diplomate.  A Diplomate must provide appropriate verification of retirement, inactivity, or disability, to the Board of Directors for their review and approval, following the rules of retirement or life membership qualification of the APMA. Diplomates who are disabled or inactive in podiatry must provide verification of such status to the board on an annual basis.

♦ What are the status' of members?

The definitions of membership status are as follows:

1.  Active:      Engaged in, and deriving income from, the profession of podiatric medicine

        a. Traditional – actively involved in direct patient care

        b. Atypical - A Diplomate whose career path is atypical (e.g. largely or exclusively administration, education, etc.) and does not meet the criteria for another status.

2. Disabled: Disabled as defined herein means that the member can adequately document a medical disability that precludes their ability to temporarily practice the profession of podiatry for a period not to exceed one year.

3.  Retired/Inactive: A member no longer engaged in clinical practice who derives no income from podiatric medicine or can document permanent disability.

4. Suspended: A member who has failed to pay annual re-registration fees by the prescribed deadline

♦ What is lifetime membership?

As of 2007 self-assessment is required of active Diplomates, regardless of age, who hold lifetime certificates (certificates issued prior to 1994) and who are in the10th year of their re-credentialing cycle.

As of 2011 Lifetime certificate holders may continue to re-credential through the self-assessment examination specified in the Re-credentialing Information Document, or may elect to enter the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) process as described in the Re-credentialing Information Document.

♦ How do I obtain a receipt for exam or dues?

Receipts may be requested via phone (310) 375-0700 or by sending e-mail to admin@ABPMed.org.

♦ What are the areas ABPM tests in?

The following subject areas are tested to determine Board Qualified or Board Certified status, along with their approximate proportional representation in the qualification examination.

Categories may include imaging, laboratory (including gait studies), pharmacology and special considerations in pediatric and geriatric patients. Both local and systemic manifestations of relevant podiatric pathology are assessed.

I) Podiatric Orthopedics (50%): Anesthesia General surgery and subspecialties Medical imaging Pain management Pathomechanics Physical medicine and rehab Podiatric surgery Podiatric trauma and sports medicine Podopediatrics

II)  Podiatric Medicine (50%): Cardiology / Pulmonology Dermatology Emergency Medicine Endocrine Gastroenterology Hematology / Oncology Infectious Disease Nephrology / Urology Neurology Pathology Public Health Rheumatology Vascular Diagnostics and Management Wound Care

The Qualification Examination is primarily designed to assess a candidate's breadth of knowledge. The qualification examination consists of 200 multiple-choice questions. Each question is followed by four or more responses, of which there is a single best response available. Key words in the question stem, such as most, least, only, or except are highlighted to facilitate comprehension. There are no questions with responses such as: all of the above; none of the above; or combined responses, e.g. A and C.

The Certification Examination consists of a variety of separate clinical scenarios that need to be worked through by the candidate. The clinical scenarios and related questions may involve any of the areas listed in the subjects listed above. Candidates are provided with patient and clinical information from which to work through the case. Each segment of the question is assigned specific scoring criteria. Separate credit may be received for completing an appropriate history and physical examination, requesting appropriate additional laboratory and/or imaging studies, making the proper diagnosis, determining the appropriate treatment plan, etc. The particular scoring requirements of each case vary based on the presented information.

♦ How do I file a complaint?

You may contact board headquarters at (310) 375-0700 or send e-mail to admin@ABPMed.org.  You may also access all Board of Directors and staff e-mail on our website under the about us tab.

♦ How do I log in to the Dashboard

You may log in to the Dashboard on the ABPM website under the members tab using your user name and password (defaulted to Last Name and member ID).  If you do not know your log in information, you may call board headquarters at (310) 375-0700 or e-mail admin@ABPMed.org.

 

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1060 Aviation Blvd. #100
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

Phone: (310) 375-0700
Fax: (310) 861-0445

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